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Blue Origin: Launches test rocket

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:18 pm
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Blue Origin founded and bankrolled by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezoslaunched this monday for the first time from a remote West Texas spaceport, currently under construction their first test rocket.

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The exact nature of the 6:30 a.m. launch or the type of spacecraft was not immediately known.

The company did notify the FAA of the impending test launch. The agency issued a warning to aircraft to avoid the airspace over Bezos’ property between Nov. 10 and 13.

Their FAA license did not permit to go higher than 2,000 feet (610 meters).

Blue Origin their goal is to develop a reusable, cone-shaped spacecraft called the New Shepard, which would stand 50 feet tall and carry three or more tourists to the edge of space — more than 325,000 feet up. The rocket would take off and land vertically. By 2010, Blue Origin could be launching up to 52 flights a year from its Texas base.

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